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A United Kingdom Review [Lff 2016]

24 November 2016 8:14 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Much like her last one, Amma Asante’s newest feature is purposefully subversive. The director’s sophomore effort, 2013’s Belle, took the English period drama and swapped the generic pretty white debutante out for a young black woman, while A United Kingdom, Asante’s latest based-on-fact tale, is a historical romantic epic that keeps the standard porcelain beauty but makes the dashing leading man a black African.

The very title of the film is subversive, a reference to poor, troubled Bechuanaland, the home of David Oyelowo’s Seretse Khama, rather than misty old colonial-era Great Britain, where Seretse first meets Rosamund Pike’s Ruth Williams. Early scenes set in 1940s post-war London deliberately toy with conventions, as law student and secret royal Seretse begins a whirlwind romance with Ruth, a local clerk, with neither initially acknowledging their color at a time when interracial relations were a major taboo.

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The Circuit pilot review

25 August 2016 9:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Aug 25, 2016

Pulling writers Sharon Horgan and Dennis Kelly are back with a wry, understated comedy pilot about middle-class awkwardness…

Adeel Akhtar and Paul Ready’s most famous scene in Dennis Kelly’s conspiracy thriller Utopia saw the latter gouge out the former’s eye with a spoon. The Circuit, written by Dennis Kelly and Sharon Horgan, reunites the pair for more torture involving cutlery. And placemats. And Le Creuset saucepans. And giant prawns of unspecified variety.

The Circuit is a character comedy set against the peculiar middle-class agony of the dinner party. If Channel 4 orders a series, each episode will presumably take place in the home of a new host Come Dine With Me-style. If you can picture Come Dine With Me populated by the cast of Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

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